27 September 2022

Photography Training Milnerton, Cape Town

Photography Training / Skills Development Milnerton, Cape Town and Cape Peninsula

Canon Photography Training Cape Town / Cape Peninsula
Canon Fast Shutter Speed / Action Photography Training Cape Town © Vernon Chalmers

Vernon Canon Photography Training Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Private Canon EOS / EOS R Camera and Photography tutoring / training courses in Milnerton, Cape Town - or in the comfort of your home / garden anywhere in the Cape Peninsula

Tailor-made (individual) learning programmes are prepared for specific Canon EOS / EOS R / PowerShot camera and photography requirements with the following objectives:
  • Individual Needs / Gear analysis
  • Canon EOS camera menus / settings
  • Exposure settings and options
  • Specific genre applications and skills development
  • Practical shooting sessions (where applicable)
  • Adobe Lightroom post-processing training
  • Ongoing support

Canon Camera / Lens Requirements
Any Canon EOS / EOS R body / lens combination is suitable for most of the training sessions. During initial contact I will determine the learner's current skills, Canon EOS system and other learning / photographic requirements. Many Canon PowerShot camera models are also suitable for creative photography skills development.

NEW: Learning Photography from the comfort of your Own Cape Town Home / Garden More Information

Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden More Information
  
Photography Private Training Classes Milnerton, Cape Town
  • Introduction to Photography / Canon Cameras More 
  • Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch More
  • Birds in Flight / Bird Photography Training More
  • Canon Speedlite Flash Photography Training More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Classes More

Training / demonstrations are done on the client's own Canon EOS bodies attached to various Canon EF / other brand lenses covering wide-angle to zoom focal lengths.

Photography Training Gift Voucher Options
Most photography training sessions are available as Birthday / Christmas Gift training voucher options with a one year validity period. More information

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS System / Menu  Setup & Training Cape Town
2022 Individual Photography Training Session Cost / Rates>>

From R750 per four hour session in Milnerton, Cape Town. Practical shooting sessions can be worked into the training. A typical training programme of three training sessions is R2 000-00.


This to be inclusive of up to 12 hours theory / settings training (inclusive: a three hours practical shoot around Woodbridge Island if required).

Canon EOS Cameras / Lenses / Speedlite Flash Training
All Canon EOS cameras from the EOS 1100D to advanced AF training on the Canon EOS 80D to 
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. All Canon EOS R Cameras. All Canon EF / EF-S / RF / RF-S and other Canon-compatible brand lenses.  All Canon Speedlite flash units from Canon Speedlite 270EX to Canon Speedlite 600EX II-RT (including Macro Ring Lite flash models).

Canon PowerShot Camera Training
All Canon PowerShot models (G and SX models) with creative photography mode settings / options (P / Av / Tv / M Modes) will provide a good learning experience for understanding the application of  the more advanced (creative) options of the Canon PowerShot camera (which is in application and design very similar to the Canon EOS / EOS R cameras).

Advanced Canon EOS Autofocus Training
For advanced AF training have a look at the Birds in Flight Photography workshop options. Advanced AF training most suitable from the Canon EOS 7D Mark II to Canon EOS 1-DX Mark II.

Cape Town Training Schedules / Availability
From Tuesdays - during the day / evening and / or over weekends.


Canon Camera and Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS / Accessories Training Cape Town
Core Canon Camera / Photography  Learning Areas
  • Overview & Specific Canon Camera / Lens Settings
  • Exposure Settings for M / Av / Tv Modes
  • Autofocus / Manual Focus Options
  • General Photography / Lens Selection / Settings
  • Transition from JPG to RAW (Reasons why)
  • Landscape Photography / Settings / Filters
  • Close-Up / Macro Photography / Settings
  • Speedlite Flash / Flash Modes / Flash Settings
  • Digital Image Management / Post-Processing

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Canon EOS / Speedlite Flash Training Cape Town
Practical Photography / Application
  • Inter-relationship of ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed
  • Aperture and Depth of Field demonstration
  • Low light / Long Exposure demonstration
  • Landscape sessions / Manual focusing
  • Speedlite Flash application / technique
  • Introduction to Post-Processing

Tailor-made Canon Camera / Photography training to be facilitated on specific requirements after a thorough needs-analysis with individual photographer / or small group.

Typical Learning Areas Agenda
  • General Photography Challenges / Fundamentals 
  • Exposure Overview (ISO / Aperture / Shutter Speed) 
  • Canon EOS 70D Menus / Settings (in relation to exposure) 
  • Camera / Lens Settings (in relation to application / genres) 
  • Lens Selection / Technique (in relation to application / genres) 
  • Introduction to Canon Flash / Low Light Photography

Above Learning Areas are facilitated over two sessions of three to four hours each. An optional practical shooting component (if required) will be at an additional cost.

Self Catering Accommodation Milnerton
Vernon Chalmers photography training is facilitated from a self-catering apartment in Arnhem, Milnerton (opposite Woodbridge Island) with an option for local and international photographers to overnight during the various training sessions. Optional accommodation will be calculated at reduced rates into the Photography Training Proposal / Invoicing. More Information


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Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse before sunrise - Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens
Woodbridge Island / Milnerton Lighthouse - Canon EOS 6D / 16-35mm Lens


White-Breasted Cormorant in flight - Slow Shutter Speed Abstract Cape Town
White-Breasted Cormorant in Flight  : Slow Shutter Speed Abstract Application

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Perched Kingfisher - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm Lens

Canon Camera and Photography Private Tutoring Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography: Canon EOS 700D / Wide-Angle Lens


Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Birds in Flight Photography : Canon EOS 7D Mark II / 400mm lens


Colourpoint Persian : Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens - Image Copyright Vernon Chalmers
Colourpoint Persian : Canon EOS 6D / 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Fashion Photography with Canon Speedlite flash : Canon EOS 6D 70mm Focal Length

Long Exposure Photography with Canon EOS 6D - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography with Canon EOS 6D - Woodbridge Island / Cape Town

Private Canon Camera / Photography Training Cape Town
Close-Up & Macro Photography Cape Town  - Canon EOS 6D

Canon Camera and Photography Private Tutoring Cape Town
Panning / Slow Shutter Speed: Canon EOS 70D 70-300mm Lens

Birds in Flight Photography Cape Town View

Canon EOS 7D Mark II - Birds in Flight Photo Gallery View

Canon EOS / Canon EOS R Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town | Across the Cape Peninsula

All Images Copyright / Intellectual Property of Vernon Chalmers More Information >>

Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Pricing 2023 / 2024

Vernon Chalmers Canon Camera / Photography Training Pricing 2023 / 2024

Vernon Chalmers Canon Camera / Photgraphy Training Pricing

There will be no price changes on any of my Canon Camera / Photography / Lightroom training and / or Canon Photography Vouchers until January 2024. The last update was January 2022.

The Vernon Chalmers Photography Studio Apartment / Self Catering Accommodation prices will be updated in February 2023. More >>

04 September 2022

Poor Water / Sewage Management into the Milnerton Lagoon

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench Situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island

Latest Updates of Media Reporting on the Current Sewage / Stench Situation in Milnerton

Poor Wastewater Management : City of Cape Town

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island : Copyright Vernon Chalmers
It is very disappointing to report here on my Vernon Chalmers Photography website that I am as alarmed with the ongoing wastewater pollution, sewage and stench situation here around the Milnerton / Woodbridge Island residential / natural ecosystem environment as everybody else around here (and further afield).

Please Note: Above Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island image is for geographical location purpose only. This image was photographed quite a few years ago. 

Declining Bird Life around the Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
As a resident of Milnerton and an avid local bird photographer I have witnessed the deterioration of active bird species above and on / in the Diep River - which runs into the Milnerton Lagoon (opposite Woodbridge Island), Cape Town.

A sunny morning with no birds along the Diep River / Woodbridge Island >>

I have seen the deteriorating bird life to such an extend that no birds are perched or in-flight for relatively long time periods (20 to 30 minutes) anywhere along the lagoon or river. Generally here are between 20 to 40 different species continuously active on any given sunny morning. Those days are long gone... 


Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench situation at Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island
Pied kingfisher fishing in the Diep River Milnerton : Copyright Vernon Chalmers

The pied kingfisher above was photographed a few years ago when the water (and marine life) of the Diep River / Woodbridge Island was still part of a clean and healthy natural ecosystem. 

Current Pollution / Sewage / Stench Situation, Milnerton
During some of my walks from the Woodbridge Island bridges along the Diep River towards the Table Bay Nature Reserve entrance (opposite Milnerton High) and deeper into the reserve I sometimes see less than 10 birds (+- 10 minute hike). I've witnessed this deterioration since early 2020.

Sewage Pollution and Stench in (from) the Diep River, Milnerton
I reside in Arnhem which is directly opposite the Milnerton Lagoon / Diep River and am just as concerned as all other Milnerton residents / associated stakeholders with regard to the poor wastewater / sewage management of this ongoing (and stinking) problem.

Updated Article / Media Links of the current Milnerton Sewage / Pollution / Stench Situation

Draft estuary plan, a step in the right direction for Milnerton Lagoon pollution DA >>

Rising Milnerton stench is hitting residents hard News24 >>

The big stink about Milnerton Lagoon CapeTalk >>


Smell from Potsdam leaves residents gasping Online Tenders >>

Milnerton residents ‘sick’ of lagoon stench IOL >>

Milnerton Lagoon suffers yet another sewage spill IOL >>

Frequent discharge of 'poorly treated effluent' into Milnerton Lagoon, Diep River a concern IOL >>

Locals suspect fish-die off linked to Milnerton Lagoon's 'highly polluted water' CapeTalk >>

Dead fish investigated (Milnerton Lagoon / Woodbridge Island) Tyger Burger >>

Sewage spills blamed for fish die-off at Milnerton Lagoon Daily Maverick >>

City of Cape Town probes cause of fish die-off in Milnerton Lagoon News24 >>

Toxic sewage spill causes a stink at Milnerton lagoon / Woodbridge Island IOL >>

Call for urgent investigation into Milnerton Lagoon 'sewage spill' IOL >> 

City of Cape Town falling short of directive to clean up Milnerton Lagoon Ground Up >>

Polluted Milnerton lagoon “particularly disgusting” Ground Up >>

OUTA: ‘City is responsible for sewage polluting Milnerton lagoon’ Infrastructure News >>

City of Cape Town pollutes its own nature reserve, monthly water tests reveal News24 >>

We won't take this sh!t anymore, says Milnerton Magster >>

Green Scorpions order City of Cape Town to sort out pollution in Milnerton Lagoon CBN >>

‘Clean the Lagoon now’ Milnerton Central Residents Association (MCRA) Network24 >> 

01 September 2022

Bird & Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch

Learn Creative Bird / Flower Photography at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Bird Life Photography at Kirstenbosch

Bird & Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch with Vernon Chalmers
Southern double-collared Sunbird Bird at Kirstenbosch © Vernon Chalmers

Learn Creative Bird / Flower Photography with your Canon Camera

Morning Photography Training Practical Sessions at Kirstenbosch, Cape Town.

Facilitator: Vernon Chalmers

This is an opportunity for new Canon photographers to learn hands-on how to photograph small birds and wild flowers at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Cape Town.

One-on-on early morning training around the Kirstenbosch Garden as either part of an once-off practical bird / flower photography learning experience or other Vernon Chalmers (introductory) Photography Training Options to master Canon Autofocus, exposure settings and techniques for capturing perched small birds and various flowers around Kirstenbosch. 

Training Objective / Level : Bird & Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch
For assisting the developing nature photographer with the understanding and application of introductory to intermediate small (garden) birds and flower photography around the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. 

Kirstenbosch birding photography training also offered as Photography Training Gift Vouchers 
Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Gift Vouchers Cape Town >>

Bird and Flower Photography Learning Areas : Kirstenbosch Photography Training
  • General / Close-up Photography for Birds
  • General / Macro / Close-up Photography for Flowers   
  • Cameras / Lens / Menu Overview
  • Autofocus Settings
  • Exposure Mode(s)
  • Exposure Settings
  • Techniques / Demonstrations*
* This will depend on the photographer's skills and camera body / lens pairing. During the practical walk-around photography session I will discuss / demonstrate various techniques for improving / maintaining ideal exposures (and focus) for small bird and flower photography at Kirstenbosch. The quality of light / other environmental conditions may also influence specific exposure settings applied during a specific session.

Integrated Hands-On Learning Approach - Kirstenbosch Photography Training
The training will have a relaxed integrated hands-on learning approach throughout the morning session with your own gear. 

Training Duration at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
One session of up to four hours photographing various small / garden birds (the occasional butterfly) and flowers around Kirstenbosch Garden. 

Training Cost for Kirstenbosch Practical Photography Training
R550-00 (one delegate) for up to four hours around the Kirstenbosch Garden areas. This fee is exclusive of the Day Entrance Fee rate. Please bring along your SA ID document. This is a Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden entrance requirement.

Photography training rate(s) will be differently costed when a Kistenbosch birds / flower photography session is part of other Milnerton / Woodbridge Island photography training session options.

Maximum delegates: Up to two people (R500 per person)
 
Canon Camera Body / Lens Requirements
  • Any Canon EOS DSLR (APS-C / Full frame / Mirrorless) / Certain Canon Powershot models could also be considered
  • 55-250mm / 70-200mm / 70-300mm / 100-400mm / 400mm+ lenses recommended
  • No tripod / monopod required

Online Kirstenbosch Bird and Flower Photography Support
All delegates are eligible for private WhatsApp / Email Support for uploading / discussing photos, learn more, get online support and / or shoot with me at Kirstenbosch (after the original workshop practicals).

Contact Vernon Chalmers for More Information

More Vernon Chalmers Bird and Flower Images at Kirstenbosch. View herehere and here

Fabulous Friday at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden View 

All Kirstenbosch Bird, Butterfly and Flower Images Copyright Vernon Chalmers Photography

Vernon Chalmers Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Bird Species Index 

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden Cape Town Map | Directions

Bird Photography Training Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden

Bird & Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Robin-Chat Kirstenbosch - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
- Canon EOS 70D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens - 

Cape White-Eye Bird & Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape White-Eye Kirstenbosch - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
 - Canon EOS 7D Mark II / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - 

Cape Bulbul Bird & Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
Cape Bulbul Kirstenbosch - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
- Canon EOS 7D Mark II  / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - 

Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch National Botanic Garden

Bird & Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
Wild Flowers Kirstenbosch - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
- Canon EOS R  / EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM Lens - 

Bird & Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
Wild Flowers Kirstenbosch - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
- Canon EOS 7D Mark II  / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - 

Bird & Flower Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
 Wild Flowers Kirstenbosch - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
- Canon EOS 70D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens - 

Butterfly Photography Training Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

Garden Acraea Butterfly Bird & Butterfly Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
Garden Acraea Butterfly Kirstenbosch - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
- Canon EOS 7D Mark II  / EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens - 

African Monarch Butterfly Bird & Butterfly Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
African Monarch Butterfly Kirstenbosch  - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
- Canon EOS 70D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens - 

African Monarch Butterfly Bird & Butterfly Photography Training Practical Kirstenbosch Vernon Chalmers Photography
African Monarch Butterfly Kirstenbosch - Vernon Chalmers Photography Training Cape Town
- Canon EOS 70D / EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens - 

Canon EOS / Canon EOS R / Canon PowerShot Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town | Across the Cape Peninsula

Birding Photography at Kirstenbosch

All Images Copyright / Intellectual Property of Vernon Chalmers More Information >>

Introduction to Photography: Training Sessions Cape Town

Introduction to Canon Photography Training / Skills Development

Introduction to Photography: Training Sessions Cape Town
Introduction to Photography: Training Sessions Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Canon EOS / EOS R / PowerShot Camera / Photography Training
For taking self-satisfying and quality (nature) photos with your Canon EOS DSLR camera it is required to have a reasonable understanding of photography fundamentals and to know your way around your camera / lens settings.

Photography Training Cape Town / Cape Peninsula
Vernon Chalmers is now offering Canon Camera / Photography Training to individuals who are keen to learn more about:

  • Canon camera functions, menu settings and controls 
  • Exposure fundamentals (Aperture / ISO / Shutter Speed) 
  • Shooting Modes (Automatic vs P / Av / Tv / M Modes) 
  • Understanding Canon EF and EF-S lenses (for EOS cameras) 
  • Image Stabilisation (IS) and camera shake (using a tripod / monopod) 
  • Portrait and landscape photography (focal lengths, aperture and lens selection) 
  • Close-up / Macro photography (focal lengths, aperture and lens selection) 
  • Low light / flash photography (on-camera vs Canon Speedlite hot shoe flash) 
  • Long exposure / low light photography
  • Canon APS-C (crop sensor) vs. full frame cameras 
  • JPG vs RAW file formats (if required) 
  • Memory cards, downloading and computer post-processing software 
  • New camera trends / camera and lens buying decisions 

The private / individual photography training are also aimed at individuals contemplating the upgrade decision from a Canon compact / bridge camera to a Canon EOS / EOS R Full Frame or APS-C camera. Content and presentation will be arranged around specific photography and camera requirements.

Photography Training Rates Cape Town >>

Tailored Photography Training in Milnerton / Kirstenbosch Garden

Specific cost / duration will be determined during an initial needs-analysis. Field trips are generally arranged around Woodbridge Island, Cape Town (for specific applications and genres). Practical training around Kirstenbosch Garden can also be accommodated. Herewith a recent Canon Camera / Photography Tutoring Cape Town training programme.

Introduction to Advanced Photography Workshops Cape Town & Kirstenbosch

Setting for one-on-one demonstration: Discussion and camera / photography demonstration across a table setting (with downloads to computer). Small group pricing negotiable.


More Photography Workshops Cape Town Information:  Photography Workshops Cape Town >>

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Vernon Chalmers Introduction to Photography Workshops Cape Town
Long Exposure Photography - Canon EOS 700D

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Close-Up / Macro Photography - Canon EOS 700D

Vernon Chalmers Introduction to Photography Workshops Cape Town
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Vernon Chalmers Introduction to Photography Workshops Cape Town
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Event / Fashion Photography - Canon EOS 70D
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Vernon Chalmers Photography Private Training / Workshops Cape Town
  • Canon EOS Autofocus / AI Servo Master Class Cape Town More
  • Bird / Flower Photography Training Kirstenbosch More
  • Birds in Flight Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Canon Speedlite / Ring Lite Flash Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Macro / Close-Up Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Landscape / Long Exposure Photography Workshop Cape Town More
  • Digital Workflow / Lightroom Post-Processing Workshop Cape Town More
Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town

Canon Camera / Lens Field Testing Service Cape Town

Canon Camera / Lens Testing Service Cape Town with Vernon Chalmers

Canon Camera / Lens Field Testing Service Cape Town
Canon Camera / Lens Testing Cape Town / Cape Peninsula

Canon EOS Camera / Lens Field Testing Service Cape Town for Enthusiast Photographers

R650-00 for up to three hours Field Testing

Canon EOS Camera Field Testing Service Cape Town

Testing and general settings, discussion / improvement and recommendations (one Canon EOS body and up to two lenses).

Field Testing Locations
Arnhem, Milnerton
Woodbridge Island
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Or

Kirstenbosch Garden (for Practical Photography Training as well )
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I receive a fair amount of questions from photographers that are not satisfied with Autofocus (AF) and sharpness / image quality of their Canon EOS body and specific lens pairings.

In many minds proper lens calibration is the the first (and at times the only) solution that most photographers think about after spending countless hours on their own in trying to fix this problem.

Calibration Options
Calibration can be done by the photographer via an in-camera Autofocus Micro Adjustment (AFMA) procedure (if the body is embedded with this function - only higher-end enthusiast / professional bodies will have this option). There are different calibration software options available than can be used for doing your own AFMA or you can go to i.e. ORMS who offers a lens calibration service of +- R2 500 (per lens). Please verify the exact cost with the an ORMS service department near you.

I understand this frustration many photographers experience and for many of  my photography clients I offer assistance in the form of Field Testing various body / lens pairings (as part of the specific camera . photography training they are doing).

Field Testing Objective
Field Testing is the identification of focus problems, possible sharpness and other image quality issues that may be the result of improper AF application and general exposure settings for a variety of genres / subjects during a practical photography application session. Field Testing is not a replacement for / alternative to lens calibration. Calibration may be an option after field testing if the recommended settings and adjustments does not meet expectations.

Canon EOS Camera Field Testing Service Cape Town
Field Testing Performance / Sharpness Standards

With more than 10 years of experience with many different Canon EOS / EOS R bodies and EF / RF lenses I have a good understanding what the AF and sharpness standards of these body / lens pairings should be.

Personally, I have never required the need for any lens calibrations (on any of my Canon EOS bodies / EF lenses) and it is very seldom that I recommend lens calibration of any kind - as most of the problems are solved with proper AF / exposure settings.

Instead of carrying out meticulous and time consuming lens testing (and possible tuning) with test charts I prefer Field Testing - where the camera / lens will ultimately be used. Evaluation of Field Testing via a thorough Adobe Lightroom image analysis should be substantial evidence for providing insight of AF performance and expected sharpness / or lack of sharpness.

In my opinion a thorough Field Testing session would be able to identify any possible calibration requirements (should there indeed be a definite AF / sharpness issues). Most of the time it is a combination of improper AF/ exposure settings and other in-camera settings. 

Field Testing Procedure
This is a walk around here at Woodbridge Island or Kirstenbosch Garden with the photographer and his / her lens pairing(s) concentrating on various subjects to replicate general conditions where different ISO's, Apertures and Shutter Speeds are applied in relations to various AF Mode settings. Field Testing results will depend on AF Mode selection, weather conditions and distance to subject. On return to my photography training studio after the Field Testing I will go through the images on Adobe Lightroom with the photographer for initial AF / sharpness result observation.

Field Testing Report
At the end of the Field Testing I prepare a report which will be discussed / sent to the photographer. In this report I will evaluate different images against my own benchmark expectation of what sharpness (and other criteria) should be. Further recommendations will be offered in terms of AF and exposure settings - and if I think calibration should be considered for improved sharpness (or other improvements).

Please Note: Field Testing is not an empirical analysis of a specific body / lens pairing, but rather the in-field analysis of sensing the handling of such a pairing against acceptable (and ideal exposure ito sharpness, AF performance and other user criteria / concerns).  

Contact Me for more information / scheduling an appointment


Canon EOS Camera Field Testing Service Cape Town
Canon EOS Camera Field Testing Service Cape Town

Canon Photography Training Milnerton Woodbridge Island | Kirstenbosch Cape Town.

Canon EOS 70D: Close Up / Macro Flower Photography - Cape Town

Vernon Chalmers Close Up / Macro Flower Photography

Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers

Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens 

Objective: Demonstrating application of the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM lens with / without Canon Speedlite EX430 II Flash (paired with the Canon EOS 70D body).

Note: Photos are hand-held in Av mode with / without out flash. Some cropping / other post-processing in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 6.


Cape Town Shooting Location
Arnhem Milnerton, Cape Town

Canon DSLR / Flash Equipment

  • Canon EOS 70D DSLR camera body 
  • Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro lens 
  • Canon Speedlite 430EX II flash 

Av Mode - Aperture Priority Settings

  • Aperture f/4 -F/8
  • Auto-ISO 400-6400
  • Lens Autofocus on
  • Shutter speed: various (auto in Av mode)


(Macro / Close-Up Flowers with Flash - Click To Enlarge)

Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 400 f/8


Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 400 f/4


Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 400 f/8


Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 400 f/8

(Macro / Close-Up Flowers without Flash - Click To Enlarge)
Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 6400 f/4


Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 5000 f/2.8


Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 1600 f/2.8


Canon EOS 70D/ EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens -  Close-Up / Macro Flowers
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens ISO 6400 f/8

Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens - Red Pepper CapeTown
Canon EOS 70D / EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens- Red Pepper Cape Town

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